My Dear Miss Tomkinson,
Thank you so much for your lovely letter, you have really no idea how they cheered me up. It was so nice learning all about Tusmore, but I was sorry to hear about the staff, but how like us!
I hope they are all back now, & feeling well. I saws Mr Addis yesterday afternoon & he said if I really wanted to get back to the Hospital, that I could go next week. I told him that I did want to get back, as I felt a “shirker” now that I knew it was only rheumatism. He gave me some more pills, and he will also send supplies down to Tusmore to me. He also says that if I take the pills regularly & keep to what he tells me that he will completely rid me knee of the rheumatism. I really believe him too, as I feel the pills have done me good. I thought that I’d travel down to London on Wednesday night, that would give you time to let me know if it didn’t fall in with your’s & matron’s arrangements and come out to Bicester on the 4.5 P.M. from Paddington on Thursday. I’m really longing to get back into “Harness” as I feel I’ve been sitting back while everyone else has got on with the job.
My sister, I am glad to say feels much better for her week in Harris. She is also taking an outside interest in things again.
On Wednesday night we made some “marzapan potatoes”, it’s a good thing no-one saw how we made them, but they tasted good. She also wants to see “thousands cheer” tonight. I don’t know how she’ll do, but she has not been to anything since she got the news. However, it’s a good sign so I will go with her & cross my fingers that she will be alright.
The weather is very changeable. I do hope it starts to settle, it makes such a difference if the weather is nice. How is Lady Bicester? Please give her my love & also to Miss Pope. I’m going to write to Miss Pope tonight. So sorry I couldn’t send any of you a P.C. from Harris but there are none to be had now. We had a really lovely time. Plenty of lovely tweed there now though all on coupons isn’t too bad? The staff seemed to have had a great time at the party, I’m so glad they enjoyed it and I can just imagine how they ate all the good things. My sister sends her good wishes & says she will never forget you little Book. My love to everyone,